Book Review: Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy) by Tori L. Ridgewood


I like paranormal romance.  Most of the time.  So I was intrigued by this book.  Here is the blurb:

Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn’t count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot…or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels,  police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger…but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it’s too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen (“Mist and Midnight”, Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…

I liked the story.  It was definitely darker than most paranormal romance, and definitely had more sex.  This is NOT for YA.  I wouldn’t completely classify it as “erotica” but there is some graphic sex and language.  That isn’t gratuitous.

Outside the whole “vampires and witches” thing, there is a really good story underneath about returning to the place you grew up and overcoming assumptions made about you.  Rayvin is a very strong woman, regardless of her powers.  Even if you took out all of the magic stuff, it would be a fantastic story.

I really liked the way the author portrayed vampires.  Too many of these paranormal romances look over the fact that historically, vampires are ugly, evil creatures.  I think of the vampire of “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King and I’m dumbfounded why so many vampires are exceedingly good looking.  And some of them even sparkle.

So it was refreshing to read a paranormal romance rooted in the historical notions of the genre.

And it seems like Rayvin’s witching is rooted in some fact as well.  I don’t know anything about other religions, but I do have friends that claim to be Pagan or Wiccan and the portrayal of Rayvin’s religion seems based in reality.

I don’t want to write a spoiler, but it was refreshing the way the book ended.  Its not the typical “and they live happily ever after” ending.  And I liked it.

And I am now anxiously awaiting part two.

If you like a different type of vampire tale, give this a shot.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Kelsey McBride
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 15:51:36

    I loved hearing your thoughts on Wind & Shadow. Thanks for posting your review. The next book in the series should be released Feb 2014, can’t wait!


  3. torilridgewood
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 20:56:01

    Thank you so very much for your lovely and insightful review!

    All my best,


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